White House sets date for visit from Super Bowl champion Patriots

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Almost three months to the day after his inauguration, President Donald Trump will host the Super Bowl champions at the White House for the first time.

Press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday announced that the White House will host Super Bowl 51 winners New England Patriots on April 19.

However, the question remains, just how much of the team will be in attendance.

The Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons in February brought home the fifth Super Bowl title for the franchise, and quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft are noted Trump supporters.

However, several members of the team have said publicly they plan to skip the traditional White House visit with Trump now in charge.

Amongst those skipping the trip are defensive lineman Chris Long, defensive back Devin McCourty, tight end Marcellus Bennett and running back LaGarrette Blount.

"I just don't feel welcome in that house," Blount said in an interview on the Rich Eisen Show in February. "I'm just going to leave it at that."

Defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebacker Dont'a Hightower have also spoken of skipping though they have not tied politics to their decisions.